Farming is a dangerous occupation, involving work with heavy machinery, exposure to pesticides, dust and allergens, and increased risk of skin cancer. Ray Samulis, agricultural resource management agent for Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Burlington County, brings a national program to New Jersey that assists disabled farmers. Read more about AgrAbility in New Jersey.
One year ago, Rutgers specialist in farm management Robin Brumfield found herself enjoying the cooling spray of the brackish brown water as she sped along in a 15-seater speedboat on the Essequibo River. The “Mighty Essequibo” as it’s called, is the third largest river on the continent of South America and the largest in Guyana, the only English-speaking country on the continent.
Winding its way north for over 600 miles through some of the more remote areas of Guyana, the Essequibo River flows around more than 365 distinct islands. At the time, Brumfield and several Guyanese field staff from an internationally funded farming project were skirting the largest of the three biggest islands located in the 20-mile wide mouth of the Essequibo River, just before it empties into the Atlantic Ocean. [Read more...]
On April 24, Nurseryman Ken Osterman was presented with a Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award by the New Jersey State Board of Agriculture in Trenton, NJ.
Osterman has played a major role in many aspects of New Jersey’s agriculture industry over the years, from leadership within Rutgers University and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, searching for Cooperative Extension faculty, to adding a calm and consistent voice to advisory boards and assisting in policy and legislation formulation. He has been a great steward of the land, working to continue preservation efforts and agricultural viability and sustainability all across New Jersey. [Read more...]
Go ahead, make the jokes about New Jersey wine. They’re so easy. But consider this: While you’re sniggering about Tony Soprano and Snooki sipping spumante with notes of petroleum, people with more sophisticated taste – or maybe just those willing to think "outer coastal plain" instead of "New Jersey" – are leaning against a copper bar tasting an inviting Vidal Blanc…To get recommendations, I consulted Gary Pavlis, of the Rutgers Agricultural Experiment Station, who has run state wine competitions for years, as well as the Garden State Wine Growers Association.
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Recognizing the growing need to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, the Equine Science Center at Rutgers University recently launched “Exercising HorsePower”, a new computer game based on equine exercise physiology laboratory practices. The game is available from the Center’s youth web portal. [Read more...]